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Gritty Birds

When it comes to artists in the music industry, Grit has to exist. These are the voices of independent artists today. Gritty Birds’ is on a journey to discover how we create art and why it’s so important. @grittybirds
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An XRAY.FM radio show and podcast all about the grit behind successful artists and creatives, from artist and producer Jeni Wren.

Jan 19, 2020

It's day 3 of our NAMM Special with RME. We're on the homestretch of the trade show. 

Today we're talking recording with JB Eckl and catching up with friend and former guest Sassy Black

Jan 18, 2020

It's Day 2 of the 2020 NAMM Show. I'm here recording with RME. Today we're talking with Derek Badala of RME, mastering engineer and a leader for women in audio, Piper Payne and Emmy winning film composer Vivek Maddala.

Jan 17, 2020

Gritty Birds has been missing the road, and frankly missing producing new episodes. So, we're taking things on the road in a whole new way thanks to the creator my interface, RME. 

This is day 1 of NAMM, featuring 3 of the artists working and performing at RME's 2020 NAMM booth: Pete, Justine and Adam. 

We talk resiliency, our love of gear and production and set the tone for a unique trade show series, where I'll be interviewing close to 50 artists and creators for the brand.

Nov 5, 2019

On Tuesday we're previewing Season 4 of Gritty Birds. This week's interview is with constantly touring married master duo Kolars. I met with the group while they were in Boise in 2017. They are infectious, not just in personality, but also their intense stage set up. A mix of tap, drums and sultry guitar and vocals, they're one of my favorites.

 

Find out more at grittybirds.com

Nov 4, 2019

NaPodPoMo Mondays bring us back to season one of Gritty Birds. In this episode we revisit Jared Mees of Tender Loving Empire. The Portland company run and found by Mees and his wife Brianne has grown exponentially since the time the longform interview came out. But his views on the music industry are still relevant.

More at http://www.grittybirds.com

Nov 4, 2019

NaNoPodMod Day Three brings us Sunday Sessions. An empowering short with a meditation and my Dad's Sunday Thoughts. This week it's about All Saints Day, one of our Lutheran Family's Church Traditions and part of my life in Portland with Dia De Los Muertos.

The question today is:  am I enough, is my life enough, are my actions and reactions enough.

 

More at http://www.grittybirds.com

 

 

Nov 2, 2019

Adapted from a talk at Podcast Movement's PMX Competition 2019. A love story, a story about creating. During the years I was studying music in Seattle, I worked with jazz legend Overton Berry. In this episode, I share our story and how he helped lay a foundation for telling amazing stories through word and music. 

This is day two of NaPodPoMo and a part of Story Saturday.

Full transcript at http://grittybirds.com

Nov 1, 2019

Gritty Birds is back for a special daily series for the month of November and NaPodPoMo.

Each day of the week will have a slightly different structure and theme. Fridays we’ll talk about creativity and content. Saturdays I’m going to be sharing some stories with you. Sundays I’ll be leading you in guided meditations and Sunday thoughts, inspired my Dad’s weekly messages.

In this episode, we talk about the amazing value of Morning Pages. 

You can find out more on my website. http://www.grittybirds.com

Nov 8, 2017

In episode 2 of Season 3 of Gritty Birds we’re talking touring the world as a one woman force of nature with Sassy Black at Treefort Music Festival and then coming to a live taping in Porland, Oregon with Lucia Fasano to talk about taking risks, financing your art and why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a badass.

Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup, recorded at Treefort Music Festival and Revolver Studios.

Mixed by Nalin Silva and Jeni Wren Stottrup
http://www.grittybirds.com

Featuring music by Sassy Black and Lucia Fasano
http://sassyblackmusic.tumblr.com/
http://www.patreon.com/luciafasano

Special thank to XRay.Fm, Vortex Music Mag, Revolver Studios

Oct 24, 2017

Season 3 launches and we talk with Priests on message, Reptaliens on risks and songwriting with Wild Ones! In the first episode of Season 3 of Gritty Birds.

When it comes to the lives of artists in the music industry, a certain amount of Grit has to exist

These are the voices of independent artists today and Gritty Birds’ is on a journey to discover how we create art and why it’s so important.

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Mar 17, 2017

Logan Lynn has something to say... about mental health. The artist has been everywhere from the LOGO network to the Grammy's. 9 year's sober he has found his ground following his latest record, adieu. 

 

www.loganlynnmusic.com

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Mar 9, 2017

Vegas born artist Manika is a natural performer. She has a hefty resume: protégé of Michael Jackson’s manager Frank DeLeo, charting singles with artists including Tyga, touring with One Direction and as host of TLC’s Global Beauty Masters Student Edition and Manika’s Love Line. And despite all that, she’s making the time to connect with her audience through her new app.

Download Manika's app on iTunes for exclusive tracks and giveaways.

Featuring the songs "I Might Go Lesbian", "Vegas Party", Just Can’t Let You Go", "How Can I Love" and "BYOB Bugatti".

 

Produced, recorded and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup

Special thanks to XRAY.FM and Vortex Music Magazine

Subscribe to Gritty Birds at @grittybirds

http://www.grittybirds.com

Mar 2, 2017

Aussie pop band The Griswolds have had a fast rise in recent years. The fun-loving band's new album "High Times for Low Lives" is and ode to the joys and perils of life on the road. Lead singer Chris sat down with me  to share the inspiration behind the album and how they're taking charge today.

 

Find out more about The Griswolds at http://blog.wearethegriswolds.com

Featuring the songs "Out of My Head", "Rufio", "YDLM(featuring Lizzo)" and "High Times for Low Lives".

 

Produced, recorded and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup

Special thanks to XRAY.FM and Vortex Music Magazine

Subscribe to Gritty Birds at @grittybirds

http://www.grittybirds.com

Feb 16, 2017

Mini Blinds describe themselves alt-pop and have a passion for fusing music with minimalism. They just released their first album, Air Signs last fall. The emerging Portland band joined us for our first live taping at Kelly's Olympian. 

 

Listen to Air Signs at http://miniblinds.bandcamp.com

 

Gritty Birds is produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup with the support of XRAY.FM.  

This week’s episode was created in partnership with Revolver studios. 

Bryan Wollen was our live sound + recording engineer
Nalin Silva was our recording + mix engineer .

This week’s board operator is Dannon Drips. 

Feb 8, 2017

Ages and Ages joined us for our first live taping. Sometimes called "tent revival", it's music with a hopeful message. They shared songs from their latest release, Something to Ruin and a conversation about music and the power to connect.

 

Find out more about Ages and Ages at agesandages.com

Follow grittybirds on socials at @grittybirds

Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup

In partnership with Revolver Studios and XRAY.FM

Bryan Wollen was our live sound + recording engineer
Nalin Silva was our recording + mix engineer 

Mixed at Revolver Studios

Board operate is Dannon Drips

 

Feb 4, 2017

Arcosanti is an artist community in Arizona unlike others. They're in a place of a transition asking themselves: "What's Next?"

A Gritty Birds short, created for the @xrayfm #radioisyourscontest

Official Contest Selection

 

Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup

Featuring music by Miro Belle

Feb 1, 2017

We're celebrating our 50th episode! We'll be revisiting some of my favorite interviews, including EyelidsReva DeVitoEzra FurmanGendersDavid Bazan and more.

 

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Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup

Sponsored by XRAY.FM, The Business Dept, Vortex Music Magazine, Tumbleweed Creative, Patreon, Revolver Studios, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Go Fund Me and Patreon subscribers.

Transcribed by Jeni Wren Stottrup, Christina Donaldson, Chris Martell, Aimee Burton and Amit Erez

Board operator is Dannon Drips

Jan 25, 2017

The eponomous producer behind Elliott Smith’s Either/Or and editor of Tape Op Magazine shared some of his stories and where he sees the future of recording.

 

Featuring Music by The Secret Sea, Elliott Smith and Summer Cannibals

 

The episode was sponsored by Tumbleweed Creative

Gritty Birds is produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup with the support of XRAY.FM.  This week’s board operator is Dannon Drips.  The episode was transcribed by Christina Donaldson.

The episode was transcribed by Christina Donaldson, Amit Erez and Chris Martell.

Jan 18, 2017

Alaska's "Best Indie Band" of the last 5 years is going stateside with a personal new album, "Unwilling Participants". Listen to singer Jenni Toro's story of overcoming abuse and finding her voice with the band she calls family.

Find out more at:

http://www.themodernsavagemusic.com

 

The episode was recorded with a Blue Yeti on Skype
Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup
Scripted by Jeni Wren Stottrup
Transcribed by Chris Martell


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Jan 11, 2017

Shelly Peiken is a Grammy Nominated Songwriter with multiple #1 hits to her name. But her current fight, for the rights of songwriters with action group Songwriters of North America is her most important work to date. Listen to her amazing story of success and advocacy on this week's episode of Gritty Birds.

Find out more about Shelly:

http://www.shellypeiken.com

The episode was recorded with a Blue Yeti on Skype
Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup
Scripted by Jeni Wren Stottrup 
Transcribed by Christina Donaldson

 

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Dec 21, 2016

Seattle Pop duo @sisterstheband aren't actually sisters, but they're taking sisterhood to a new level with their upcoming debut Drink Champagne. Get to know the infectious pair on this week's episode of @grittybirds! Find out more about Sisters at http://www.sisterstheband.com Follow them on socials at @sisterstheband The episode was recorded with a Zoom H4N at Doug Fir Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Scripted by Jeni Wren Stottrup and Ryan Wolf Stroud Transcribed by Christina Donaldson

Dec 15, 2016

David Bazan wants to bring Christmas back. This week's episode, brings on a journey from darkness to hope. It's a Christmas story. Find out more about David Bazan at http://www.davidbazan.com Follow them on socials at @davidbazan The episode was recorded on Zencastr and produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup It was transcribed by Chris Martell Storytelling support by Ryan Wolf Stroud Follow Gritty Birds at @grittybirds

Dec 7, 2016

The women of Spirit House are seeking to do something a little radical: creating a collaborative record platform for women and non-binary voices. Listen to the story of Monica, Johanna and Valerie today on The Gritty Birds! Find out more about Spirit House at https://spirithouse.bandcamp.com/ Follow them on socials at @spirithouserecords The episode was recorded at XRAY.FM's production studio It was produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Transcribed by Amit Erez Follow Gritty Birds at @grittybirds

Dec 1, 2016

Chuck Westmoreland music is genuine. Listening to him speak, you hear authenticity; you get his heart. As a business owner, long-time musical creative and family man, Chuck’s words are about as gritty as it gets. In his own voice, here is his story. Find more about Chuck at http://www.chuckwestmoreland.com

Nov 24, 2016

An audio short of thanksgivings past and present.

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